It's been a few weeks since I shared what is happening in my garden. I do hope to join in with Amanda and share weekly garden updates this summer. My project for this weekend is to turn last year's posts into a book for our family records. Because a permanent record of sorts is the ultimate goal of my garden posts, I'm afraid they seem a little more like note taking than blog writing. Hope you'll hang in there with me.
Grey days in the garden seem to be the busiest. Cool temps make for happy work.
I can't stop gushing over this kale cage.
I mean, really...
Three (of our four) rows of peas all beginning to flower. Peas, soon!
My first attempt at onions. Still have a little thinning to do.
The trusty trio. Big bucket for weeds, basket of straw for mulching, milk crate for sitting as one million weeds are pulled.
The beans are up!
Fingers and toes are still crossed for success with our raised bed/box potato experiment.
Last year I lost all my carrots due to insufficient watering in the early weeks. Our garden is quite a ways from the water source, but this year we've improved access and the carrots had plenty to drink early on. They're looking good so far. I went with straight up Danvers, having heard such good things about the variety.
Happy veggies beds.
Each year the blueberries become more and more established. They are absolutely covered right now.
I'm competing with slugs for our strawberry harvest. I think we'll make it, but they are putting up a good fight!
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At this point, so many things have been planted. I'm holding off on rutabaga, parsnips, a second (third?) bed of carrots, and a few other things. Once space frees up from the radishes and the first three beds of peas we'll have room for those things.
We've had a good amount of rain over the last week which was much needed. Today I spent a few hours weeding and mulching but only made it about a third of the way through the garden. It's such a pleasure to do this work on grey, cool-ish days so I'm really tyring to take advantage of it. I love hearing about how in large families each family member is responsible for 2-3 rows in the garden, all season long. I love that idea... and am daydreaming about what it would be like to have 8 more children right about now.
June is a great time for the garden where I live. We've yet to see many pests, the rain is still falling often enough, and the scorching heat has yet to arrive so the work all seems quite manageable.
Weekly Notes (to self):
- Next year, plant triple the radishes.
- Start tomato, pepper, and basil seeds much earlier. Do not procrastinate. Those tiny seedlings are fighting for their lives out there! Late March (or was it early April) is absolutely not enough time. Show your seeds more love.
- Get row cover on the broccoli. And squash plants.
- Trellis the fourth row of peas.
- Trellis raspberries.
- Weed and mulch remainder of garden (I can dream).
- Planting a lot more flowers (from seed) was a good idea. Looking forward to the show of zinnia, bachelor's button, calendula and sunflowers.
- baby kale (2 kinds), collard greens, swiss chard
- the first strawberries
- lettuce, 5 varieties
- chives, oregano, parsley, lemon balm, mint, sage, dill and cilantro (self-sowed from last year)
Thank you for stopping by the garden this week!